6. Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini


Before Valentino, my 500cc GP heroes were larger than life and too big and serious for their britches; they all went down in flames. Rossi was different from the start, not afraid to laugh, not afraid to express himself with his graphics to his post-win plays-within-the-play to his WLF neckwear. Rossi’s been pacing himself since about 1996, winning the last 500cc title in 2001 before making the segue to 990cc four-strokes and winning four MotoGP championships in a row. And now that there’s a new wonderboy, it’s a joy to watch Vale E. Coyote try anything short of crashing to beat the kid just once; you know he would Gibernau him if only he could catch Marquez.

And Giacomo because he’s the only guy with more titles, and because at the Legends of the Motorcycle a few years ago, Ago brought his 22-years younger wife and I brought my 22-years younger GF. He winked at me, I winked at him. Simpatico! Phil Read tried to wreck our happiness but failed. Again. Greatest weekend of my life, really …

  • Guest

    Why on a Revolver EVO which has a retractable sun-shade?

  • Chris_in_Kalifornia

    I would love to have a 1985 Honda CB700SC Nighthawk with electronic fuel injection. That would be my perfect motorcycle. The only thing I’d change would be to add fuel capacity. Give it 5.5 gallons or even just 5 would be cool. 3.7 just wasn’t enough. But since I no longer commute 90 miles each way every day I could do with 3.7. But NEVER EVER stop for gas in Ludlow, Goffs or that station 10 miles north of Barstow unless you absolutely have to. Their gas prices are astronomical even for CA. I love long range riding capacity. That’s one of the reasons I bought the Vstrom 650 instead of a Kawasaki Concours to commute on. That extra gallon of gas gave me security should a freeway be closed. Had I have been at LAX on my Vstrom I could have ridden home even the day of the last really big earthquake, the one that closed the 5/14 split. I’d have had to ride to San Bernardino and up over the 15 but I wouldn’t have needed gas. Oops. Got sidetracked. Darn, never did that when I was riding, did you?
    EFI is definitely the best thing to come along.

  • fastfreddie

    #6 should include Mike Hailwood.Hail to the king baby!